Mountain Palm Springs

Julian, California

Mountain Palm Springs Professional Review and Guide

"This is a loop trail hike at the eastern edge of the Tierra Blanca Mountains, with several steep but short climbs and with two canyon branches to native palm groves. The hike is best done as a complete loop to all six of the captivating palm groves in the Mountain Palm Springs complex. The native California fan palm is named for the shape of its leaves. As the tree produces new leaves at the top of its trunk, skirts of older leaves die and droop over the lower part of the tree, giving it the distinctive full look characteristic of the species. These groves are remnants of ancient savannahs. Here, water and shade attract scores of bird species, such as the hooded oriole, which weaves its nest on the underside of palm fronds. You also may spot a great horned owl, mourning dove, cactus wren, or western bluebird."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
320 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best October to April
Anza - Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
Earthwalk Press Anza-Borrego Region Recreation Map; USGS Sweeney Pass
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jun 2018